Saturday, March 31, 2018

Rising Dawn

When the sun rises, and the dawn comes, the light dispels the darkness. When the light first begins to break the horizon, things look gray. They may seem a little distorted. There might be confusion and misinterpretation. 

People who have been asleep might oppose the light and be annoyed by it. The sleep, the foggy brain, and the distortion of the gray light might cause confusion and unclear vision until the light fully arises. We pray for the dawn to come to Waterford. For the Son to arise, and continue to rise until there is full light. 

An alarm clock is annoying at first. People might oppose the alarm when they first hear it because they don't want to wake up. They might not want to face the day. But once they are fully awake, they can live life to the fullest. We pray for the light to arise, the alarm to sound, and people to wake up!

2 Peter 1:16-21
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”— 18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
We have the prophetic word made more sure. We must pay attention to it, as a lamp shining in a dark place and until the morning star arises in our hearts.
We must pay attention to the prophetic word of God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev. 19:10). It's all about Jesus. It all comes down to Him. It's all rooted in Him and springs from Him. These words give light--as a lamp shining in a dark place. The psalmist said that the word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105).
We must pay attention as the light rises and illuminates us more clearly. We pay attention until the day dawns and the morning star--Jesus--arises in our heart. Jesus, rise higher and higher! There's a higher level of light the Lord is calling us to. Don't stop with the level of light you're in. Don't settle for a little darkness. Pursue the full light--high noon--the full light of the day.
Lord, let the light arise, the word and message of Jesus Christ be heard throughout the township. Let it be heard with an alarm so people will wake up and hear. Let there be light! Let the day dawn! Let the morningstar arise as high as possible for both believers and unbelievers. Let the morningstar dawn. Jesus is the morningstar (Revelation 22:16). Rise in the hearts of the people!
The prophetic word that goes out is the testimony of Jesus. The words Your people speak is all about Jesus. This is the more sure word--He is made more sure. We do not tire of You. We want Your word. We want to know You more through it. Reveal Yourself more and more in us, to us, and through us.
It's all about You.
Let the gray areas be dispelled. The areas where Your people have settled for a lower level of light. Let them begin to understand, to hear, and to see that there is more. There is a higher level of illumination. Let them hunger and thirst after that. To long and crave for that. They want a higher level of light and You--the morningstar to rise in their heart.
Let there be light! Let the day dawn over Waterford! Let the people see. Let the alarm sound. Let them wake up and see the dawn--see the light arising. 
The lesser light rules the night. Lord, we thank You for providing light in the dark times, but we want the light of Your Son to shine in our hearts and the hearts of unbelievers. (2 Corinthians 4:4).
We want to grow into a greater light of Your glory. We don't care that we've heard these things before. We want to see Jesus in all His glory so we can be transformed into that same image. From glory to glory to glory to glory. We behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord and are changed into that same image. (2 Corinthians 3:18
We have the hope of seeing Him, and being like Him when we see Him. This hope purifies us and brings us into righteousness. We long for righteousness with You. (1 John 3:3). We pray for this longing and desire to occur throughout Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan, the nation and world. 
Let the desire for righteousness dawn in the hearts of the people. That they desire light. For those who have opposed it, and have seen with distortion, we ask for mercy and grace so the Son doesn't stop rising, but the day continues. We pray the blinders are removed. That they look for the light, get out into the light of the Son. (2 Corinthians 4:4). 
We see through a glass darkly, but then we will see face to face. Now we know in part but then we'll know fully, even as we are known fully. We don't look at what is seen, but what is not seen. What is seen is temporary. What is seen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 3:14). We pray that people understand its a spiritual light that will wake them. We pray that they begin to desire and long for the spiritual light. Not for the physical light. Not to be "enlightened" in the worldly things of this earth, but the desire for the spiritual light. This light is the truth. This light is true life. This light is the way.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
When we're a child, we only see dimly. We only know in part. There is a full maturity, a full light the Lord is bringing us to. We will know even as we are known. We won't see though a dim light, but face to face. When we see Him face to face, beholding Him as He is, and hope for the same righteousness in us, we change from glory to glory. 
Don't be content to stay in a childlike state. There is more! There is more! There's more light you can come into. There is light, there is hope. Lord, bring them to Your hope and Your light. There is a greater light, and a greater hope. Look to the Son's light, the dawn, not just the moon in the dark places. So you can clearly see and accurately judge. The place of maturity is a place of love.
Thank You Father, for Your word brings a revelation of light--illumination so we can more fully understand Your ways. We pursue this light and this greater level of illumination. We open our eyes. We open our hearts to see. Our pupils are looking for the light--growing--searching for the light.
We won't settle for partial light. We won't allow partial darkness. As You separated the darkness from the light at creation, we do that in our hearts now! We won't allow ourselves to be bitter, resentful, or have any darkness, even partial darkness. We want the full light, Your full love.
We want the true light. The artificial light stays on until the sun fully arises. We want enough light so the artificial light goes out. We don't want a false light--we want Your true light.
As you live this out in your own life, you do battle. You are occupying the land. You are occupying the portion of land God has given you when you walk in the light of what He's shown you. Living this out in your life brings a victory in the spirit. But pray and proclaim it for others too.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Joshuas Taking the Land!

We're going on the offense, not just the defense. No longer will the enemy keep us distracted with things that stop us from entering into the land God has called us to. We will move according to the Spirit of God, not with bitterness or anger, but go forward, displace the enemy, and take the land.

Joshua 1

The Lord told Joshua that every place the sole of his foot tread would be his, within the boundaries the Lord gave him. Everything within those boundaries, where Joshua walked, was given to him by God.

Lord, help us identify the boundaries You have given us. We want to see the land. Where are You wanting to move into right now? Which places are you desiring Your people to move into and possess? We declare that the people of God in this township are moving into those places, taking possession of the land--businesses, churches, government, schools, recreational, families etc. Go take the land. Move in and establish yourself in the places God has called you to! Walk in the land. Walk into the place you were given by God.

Lord, You are with us wherever we go. Into this place we are walking into. Show us the places we are to walk into. We will follow You. Show us what is on Your heart right now.

We learn this from Joshua:

  • Joshua heard from God. He heard him say "Go" and God outlined the boundaries.
  • He commanded the officers to prepare provisions.
  • He told the Reubenites, who already had their land, that they were to cross over and fight with their brothers and help them possess their land.
  • He sent out the spies to spy out the land--they were helped by Rahab.
  • He told them not to go until the ark moved.
  • He told them to consecrate themselves.

Prepare to take the land. To fight with our brothers. We won't be resting until everyone enters in. We labor to enter into the rest. (Heb 4:11). We spy out the land, and ask You Lord to show us the place we are going--where You are moving towards. We consecrate ourselves and will not move until You do. We stay close to You so we can hear and see Your movement.

No longer will we have people of God, churches, only interested in drawing attention to themselves, comparing themselves and striving against other believers. Everyone is to help each other enter into the Promised Land. We want the best for each other. Once we reach the Promised Land--our field in it--we will not ignore our brothers and sisters who need help, but we will help them reach their portion too. We are not in competition with other believers. We want everyone to fulfill all God has for them. We don't feel threatened or arrogant.

People of God, rise up and move into the places God is leading you--the schools, the courts, the police and fire departments, the businesses, etc. Build His kingdom within these places. We listen to the report of the spies. Those who have gone and seen what He has promised us. We prepare our provisions. We consecrate ourselves to follow You Lord, by Your Spirit. We watch for Your movement.

We follow Your Word. We keep it in our heart and mouth. Lord, send a hunger for the Word. People, open your Bibles and fall in love with the Word. Be drawn to the Word. Lord, guide them to the Scriptures and reveal Yourself to them so they prosper in what You have called them to.

Raise up the new generation of leaders Lord! Raise up the Joshuas who will be strong and courageous and bring the people into Your Promised Land. Raise the Joshuas who are dedicated to You, passionate for You.

The sheep hear the voice of the shepherd. True sheep will hear the true Voice of the Shepherd through the leaders. They will hear the Lord speaking through the Joshuas. They will feel His love and compassion through these leaders. Be with these leaders, as You have been with others in the past. Let these leaders remain in Your presence. Love Your presence and Your Word. So You are with them always and they will never lead the people astray. They will pray and intercede for the people. These are humble, sanctified leaders. Raise up these Joshuas and speak to them, giving them the vision and provision, leading them into all the places You desire to move into.

Raise up Joshuas and people to follow them in Businesses, Government, Schools, Courthouses, Recreational areas, the college, the airport, Churches, Media, and Families. Send teams of people into these areas to occupy the land, follow You, and carry Your presence.

May the true, sincere praises of God rise from Waterford Township. Rise to the heavens. And words of life be spoken over the township. Words of light overcome the words of darkness. Words of light drive out the darkness. We speak life, vibrant life, over Waterford. God's life and Spirit are moving.

Lord, bring us to a place of rest in You. In Your promise. Your Promised Land. We labor, we work to enter into that rest, not to build anything else but this place of resting in You.

We don't pick up any idols or false gods, false teaching, or false religion that may have gone before us in this land. We repent of all of these things on behalf of the generations who have gone before us. Let the blood of Jesus speak on our behalf and wash over the township, washing false religion and idolatry out of the land.

Thank You for raising the Joshuas and the teams of people. For showing them their fields, the vision, and the provision. For their sanctification, their obedience to You and Your Word and following You into their fields. That others see them resting in You, and it brings salvation, healing, deliverance and all the work of the kingdom. So all those around them see, hear and feel Your goodness. That Your kingdom multiplies and grows as a result of this.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hope Released! Dreams Fulfilled!

I could see the hopes and dreams of people stuck inside a place-encased in such a way that they couldn't break through to become a reality in their lives.

Lord, we pray that these dreams are birthed. That everything people need to bring their dreams into reality be put in place. That the hopes and dreams that You have placed in the hearts of people in this community are birthed into reality. That faith rise in the hearts of the people, partners with hope, and brings these dreams to pass. Let these people be faith-filled and determined to see these dreams become a reality. 

We will go forward to see the hopes and dreams You have given us become a reality. We rise in faith and hope to see these dreams birthed. We say yes to You. We agree with Your plans and purposes. We will accomplish those things You've called us to do! We receive all of the equipping and resources needed--from heaven and earth--to bring it to pass.

We speak a resurrection of hope over Waterford. That depression and discouragement go. That these words of discouragement and hopelessness stop. We speak hope to arise in this community. Lord, let Your angelic host whisper in the ears of Your people. Let them listen to You, rather than words from their past, words saying they are worthless and can't fulfill their dreams. We plead the blood of Jesus over them, stopping the accusations of the enemy against them. Let faith and hope rise together in their hearts.

There's a train coming, a move of God. People are jumping on board, getting on board of this train. Those who have fallen off are getting back on, joining in God's move and fulfilling their destiny. It's a cargo train carrying the destinies of people so they can connect with their destiny in this move. Those already on board are encouraging others to join in. Words of encouragement are being released and these encouragers are helping others jump in and fulfill their destiny. Release the encouragers into the community. Let churches become places of encouragement too. Enlighten their dreams, giving them confidence to fulfill these dreams. Illuminate the dreams in their heart.

Write the dream. Write the vision so others can see. The naysayers will not be see it, and will not be a part of these dreams. As the people write these dreams and visions down it is the first step to bring them into the physical realm. These writings are a physical object in the natural realm. These writings are the tip of the arrow that will pop open the thing that is encasing these dreams and keeping them out of the physical realm. They are opening the womb so these dreams can be birthed.

Lord, breathe on these writings. Breathe Your creativeness over these dreams so they become a reality. They may seem chaotic at first, but Your breath brings life and order--an anointing. May Your angelic host bring all necessary supplies. The light is displacing the darkness. Darkness is dispelled. Fill the community with those who will release Your plans into the community. Let them choose Waterford as the place to release God given dreams into.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you will abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
God is able to make all grace abound towards you so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8